Day old natural waves and layered jackets make for a comfy laid back day at work.
Dressing for success is definitely something I’ve come to work into my daily routine for all the same reasons you posted above; especially because I am now at a point in my life where professionalism is everything. Great post!
Okay so, before you even start reading this you’re probably thinking: “Why should I dress up every day if I’m not going anywhere formal?” or “What’s the point of taking an extra 20 minutes out of my morning just to plan a more elaborate outfit?”
Well, you know what? There are soooo many reasons why you should dress well every day, no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going! And yes, it is much easier to just throw on you’re sweater and jogging pants every day, but I am here to tell you the benefits of taking a few extra minutes to dress up: it deffinetly outweighs the positives of the former, so you should probably keep reading:)
So, I’m not sure if you have noticed, but I can’t help but asking myself: “Since when did it become an unusual thing to put effort into what you wear and…
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One of the things that I love about autumn/winter as opposed to spring/summer is the shoes. It’s not just the overall look and chunkiness of the boots but it’s also the quality.
Think about it, spring/summer are usually for flats and sandals. You can usually find sandals for at least $10 and they last for about as long as they’re worth. Autumn/winter shoes are different. Granted, they are a little more expensive but they last much, much longer. I am actually proud to say, none of the shoes in the photo were bought this year!
They’ve all lasted me a long time and the neutrality of the colors make them relevant, year after year.
When purchasing the fall boots, it is good to keep in mind that it is an investment. Unlike flats and sandals, these should last you longer than a season and probably cost more than $20. But that’s not to say they put you out hundreds of dollars, expensive doesn’t always mean great quality!
I’d like to think that as I reach my final months of being an undergraduate, I’ve had my fair share of interviews. Whether it be for an internship or a part-time job, group interviews or individual, I’ve seen a good amount.
Of the countless interviews I’ve had, some were really great, some could have gone a lot better and some were the stuff nightmares were made of. I figured reliving these three types of interviews could serve as a helpful tool for anyone else in the same boat as I am, and maybe need a little refreshing on interviews. Let’s just start with the worst and work our way up, shall we?
These are the interviews that were just so horrendous that whenever someone asked how it went, you just wanted to run into your room, slam the door and hide under the covers until you, and the interviewers forgot all about the 15-30 minutes from Hell.
The Scenario: One such interview for me was with an entertainment company that I was lucky to get an interview with. I worked my butt off networking and schmoozing my way through the different departments just so I could get to know someone in the Marketing Department. After months of “dating” they offered me the chance to interview.
Now, the thing about this company was that it was a HUGE, NATIONAL company and I was merely interviewing for the marketing department, of a single division, of that huge company. My mistake was that in my preparation for this interview, I researched the company as a whole, not the specific division I would be interning for.
So, when it came time for the interview, I sat before 3 marketing associates and coordinators and was pretty much stumped on every question, because I researched the wrong thing.
At least one of them was on their phone at any given time during my interview and I made the fatal mistake of mentioning San Diego Comic Con, which took place the week before. I didn’t attend Comic Con, but apparently they did, and suddenly it was a conversation between the three of them about their time at Comic Con and I sat in silence, wishing I could be absorbed by the walls and never come back.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the internship and when I inquired as to why, I was told exactly what I feared: I didn’t know enough about the company.
The Takeaway: Maybe, if I had been a little more on edge about the interview, it would’ve crossed my mind to check out the actual division I’d be working for. Moral of the story: Do your homework. ALL OF IT.
These are the interviews that weren’t your best, but sometimes they were just out of your control. Sometimes, the sad truth is, they already found their candidate, and it happened to be the interviewee that left the room right as you walked in.
The Scenario: Over the summer, I applied to a total of 33 internship positions… thirty-three. I only heard back from about 10, and one was a clothing company whose corporate office was based in Irvine, Calif. Though it would’ve been a bit of a drive, I was getting desperate and the idea of driving 1-2 hours every other day didn’t seem to bother me. In retrospect, this sounds like a terrible idea.
I arrived to the office 15 minutes early, checked in and waited in the lobby area for about 5 minutes. I was then taken through a maze of cubicles where I ended up in the office of the Director of Marketing. She sat me down and we talked or rather, she did… For the entire duration of my “interview.”
She told me everything she wanted the intern to do, and all the current problems they’re having with marketing and then she said, “Well it looks like we’re all done here, thanks for your time.” I was then taken out of her office and somehow ended up back in the lobby. The entire interview took all of 10 minutes.
I spent the next hour-and-a-half driving back to Eric’s apartment fuming at how little I said and how I had no chance to say a single word. She didn’t ask me a single question and I was heartbroken. It could have been the perfect jumping off point for me, a marketing internship, in a fashion company?! I was devastated.
It wasn’t until a few days later when I spoke to my dad who told me the cold, hard truth. Maybe they had no intention of hiring me in the first place, maybe they already found their candidate in someone else, but they were carrying out the interview because I had been emailing them for weeks.
The Takeaway: Sometimes the bad interviews are of no fault of your own. That’s not to say you should blame every bad interview on the interviewer, but take it with a grain of salt. They can’t all be wonderful interviews.
And finally, the good. These are the interviews you prepared night and day for and you just know you have in the bag.
The Scenario: It was about 2 weeks before my final semester started. I still had no leads on internships and I was starting to panic.
On top of all that, I was still feeling a little beat from the string of rejections that I experienced all summer. Nevertheless, I knew the pressure was on and I had to find something or it was back to unpaid internship-land for me.
My internship coordinator posted a position at a local chain restaurant looking for a marketing intern and they were willing to pay. I researched the company, tailored my cover letter and resume to what they were looking for, and send it on its way. A few days later I was offered a chance to interview.
One thing I did differently before this interview, I didn’t drink coffee. Coffee makes me shaky and sweaty and it’s all around pretty gross. I went into this interview and I was honest with what I was looking for, and what I could offer.
The next day, I was asked to return for a second interview, this time with the rest of the marketing department present.
I prepared even more and even brought work samples to show what I can bring to the table. I was informed the following day that I was offered the internship position, and it’s where I am currently interning today.
The Takeaway: Bad interviews happen, but if you continue to let them affect you, you’ll end up with nothing. Approach each interview as a whole new entity and bring something they’ve never seen before. It was the best decision of my professional career thus far.